Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Patty Christopher, MS,PT


Advanced Weight Loss & Wellness

Intermittent Fasting (IF) is a way of eating that alternates between eating and fasting, with several options as to how long the fasting period lasts, and when the eating phase occurs. This way of eating can lead to weight loss, but it is also associated with a reversal of some disease processes, including aging. With all IF schedules, healthy eating during the eating phase is a must to attain health and your goals.

There are a range of benefits associated with IF. In addition to fat-burning, this way of eating has been shown to protect organs against chronic diseases like inflammatory diseases, heart disease, diabetes type 2, many cancers and age-related neurodegenerative disorders. Research has revealed that IF shows improvement in memory, blood pressure, resting heart rate, insulin resistance, fat-loss while maintaining muscle mass, better endurance in running, and preventing obesity, including weight loss and visceral fat loss.

Science has also shown that during fasting, cellular repair such as removing waste from the cell is initiated, and beneficial changes occur in several genes related to longevity and protection against disease. Enhanced hormone function that facilitates weight loss also occurs. Much of aging occurs as a result of oxidative stress or damage caused by free radicals; IF has been shown to increase cellular resistance to oxidative stress.

If helps reduce oxidative stress, inflammation, blood sugar levels and insulin resistance - all metabolic characteristics known to be important for brain health. This fasting also increases a particular brain hormone that when deficient, can lead to depression and other problems with the brain. In animal studies, IF has been shown to protect against brain damage caused by strokes. Other animals studies have shown that IF can protect against other neurodegenerative diseases, and may help improve life expectancy.

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